Following a public records request by the DTH for communications to the Chancellor's Office on Aug. 20 and 21, the University released 18 emails, one text and approximately 150 voicemails. The DTH has also received 11 emails sent to UNC Police Chief Jeff McCracken. Many of those who contacted the chancellor were upset about the events that took place on Aug. 20, and revoked their support of the University -- emotionally, physically and monetarily. Others questioned the state of the University, the community and worried over what would happen next.
“Until the school moves Silent Sam and the pedestal off campus, this is going to keep happening." Another clash between two groups of demonstrators and police erupted on Saturday, adding to the mounting number of arrests over the fallen statue. Students, Confederate demonstrators and police struggled to have their voices heard as the protest escalated. From flags to food, each side fought for their beliefs. Certainly the Silent Sam issue is no more resolved than when the statue came down before LDOC 2018, but no matter what side you're on, everyone has a right to be safe.
Many in the Chapel Hill community feared Thursday night’s Silent Sam demonstration would turn to violence following Chancellor Carol Folt’s statement urging students to stay away from McCorkle Place. While the demonstration began peacefully, the night finished with three arrests, making a total of 17 Silent Sam-related arrests in less than two weeks, said UNC Media Relations manager Carly Miller in a statement.
Blue's texts and emails, obtained by WRAL, show the chief telling officers not to engage.
On Aug. 25, a protest unfolded as supporters of Confederate monument Silent Sam clashed with those in favor of the removal of the statue. Since the toppling of the monument on Aug. 20, 11 arrests have been made, though UNC Media Relations has stated that more may occur. Chancellor Carol Folt spoke with reporters on Saturday afternoon, shortly after the protest ended, about future steps and University safety. Photo editor Janet Ayala and photographer Sarah Redmond gave us an inside look into the protest.
In an update sent by UNC Media Relations at 9:52 p.m. on Saturday, the 11 individuals that have been arrested during this week's protests of Silent Sam have been identified.
Confrontation erupted at McCorkle Place on Saturday when protesters holding Confederate flags faced counter-protesters who supported the removal of Confederate monument Silent Sam. Seven arrests were made, said Carly Miller, media relations manager for University Communications in a statement.
Chancellor Folt held a press conference on Thursday to discuss the aftermath of Monday night’s Silent Sam protest, which saw the Confederate monument pulled down from its pedestal. In addition to Folt’s comments, several more members of the UNC-system Board of Governors have spoken out.
An individual claiming to be David Duke sent an email to multiple UNC faculty after the removal of Silent Sam, stating that he and other "pro-western groups" will be protesting at UNC on an upcoming weekend.
After decades of racial tension, the Silent Sam monument was forcibly pulled down Monday night by demonstrators. At around 9:30 p.m., a group of an estimated 250 students, faculty and community members convened on the statue and began to pull it down using ropes. The statue toppled and students began to cover the head in dirt and mulch.